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Old Nov 20, 2013, 09:35 AM
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A good cheap glider?

Whats a good cheap glider with a pusher prop or a folding front prop?? Im just looking for a regular side electric glider that I can use for mounting my key chain camera on for some cool aerial photography. Im not doing FPV, im just videoing.

Some links would be great.
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Old Nov 20, 2013, 09:54 AM
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99$ shipped for the club glider - not a bad deal.
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Old Nov 20, 2013, 10:18 AM
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If that's all you need why not an Easy Glider Pro, this one comes with free shipping. http://www.ebay.com/itm/M214226-Easy...item3cd855b308
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Old Nov 20, 2013, 10:24 AM
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Everyone's idea of "cheap" is different, but if you're leaning towards a pusher the Airfield Extreme Surfer would be a viable option. Large 2.4m wingspan with the option to be be prop or EDF powered. Even has a built in front hatch for mounting your camera! Available in Kit or ARF from Nitro Planes. Here's a promotional video with links in the description:

Airfield Extreme Surfer 2400mm Glider with EDF or Prop Option (5 min 18 sec)
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Old Nov 20, 2013, 03:44 PM
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Well? If the camera mount and video is the driving purpose there are many solid choices similar to the Bixler from Hobby King and its clones. I had a chance to fly one and enjoyed it but it could use more power for cruising around since it doesn't really soar very well. A better choice if you want to actually try your hand at soaring would be something more like a Radian or a Calypso. They are a bit more expensive but the performance is significantly better and, if you are going with a PNP, the quality is probably better though both, like virtually every PNP, have been shipped with the occasional bad servo or other component. Both are available from several vendors and, if you already have electronics you can use, you can find the kit versions on sale for a bit more than a Bixler PNP. If you narrow your search a bit I'm sure we can make more specific suggestions.

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Old Nov 21, 2013, 01:20 PM
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This is my favorite electric glider. There's a nice thread in rcgroups.

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Old Nov 23, 2013, 09:33 AM
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Good Cheap Glider?

My favorite is the Carl Goldberg Gentle Lady. It lends itself well to the addition of a power pod on top either electric or a Cox .049 motor. If I'm not mistaken, it's been available for some time as an ARF. I've owned several of these models back when they were exclusively in kit form. Believe it or not, I trained my 6 YO daughter on the Gentle Lady many years ago. I've also flown the Gentle Lady I modified to sport an old Enya .09 glow motor way back in the early 1980's. It handled it well.

I'm also partial to the Carl Goldberg Sophisticated Lady which is currently available as an ARF. It too, can be equipped with a power pod. Both are 2-meter, two-channel gliders.

If I had to find anything that can be considered a "con", it's that they can thermal TOO well in certain lift conditions. Gentlemen, they can go out of sight if your thermal is a real "boomer" requiring the pilot to scoot out of it real fast. At times, I've had to go full down elevator with full trim AND add the same with rudder to get out of these thermals.

Although the "foamies" are very good flyers and do have a place in the RC flying world, I find that the stresses after a few flights begin to compress the foam junction between the wing roots and the fuselage and makes the wing very "sloppy" in that it's no longer a tight fit. The flight characteristics change for the worse.

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